June 15, 1992 |
Just by its name, you can tell that the golden-cheeked warbler is a really nice little bird. If it weren't, they would have named it the soot-faced croaker or the dung-headed squeaker. Chances are you've never seen a golden-cheeked warbler. I haven't, either. But it has golden cheeks and it warbles, so that makes it an OK bird in my book. The reason you haven't seen one is that they aren't as common as crows or city pigeons. To see one, you would have to go to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras or Nicaragua, which is where the golden-cheeked warblers spend their winters.
June 18, 2009 |
In a big city that has most of its basic food groups covered, the search for great fried chicken in Philadelphia is an unexpectedly paltry quest. The mysterious near-absence of it here is one of our greatest gustatory shortcomings. And to date, I've been able to count the worthy candidates to that mythical chicken crown on one hand: Corinne's in Camden (the last of the cast-iron pan-fryers); Deborah's Kitchen (the Girard Avenue soul-food take-out from Marvin Harrison's aunt); Ms. Tootsie's (South Street's sleek soul food lounge)
March 10, 1993 |
High atop a ridge in Coatesville, standing at the gravestone of Joseph H. Jones (1842-1904), you can watch the aerial event unfold above the four horizons. It is, as always, about half an hour before sunset. From afar, they are simply black dots, granules of pepper in a blue winter sky. But the dots are aligned in four distinct flight paths, and each path is streaming from a point on the compass toward the center - the nightly roosting grounds. As the dots grow closer, they sprout wings and beaks and glistening black feathers.
December 13, 1995 |
Laid off from its former job as the Wynnewood John Wanamaker department store eagle, the indomitable bronze bird launched a second career yesterday perched in the lobby of Norristown Area High School. It was a tight fit, but the big bird squeezed through the front doors by the skin of its beak, riding on a forklift truck that lifted it right to its new nesting place in the school lobby. Donated by Wanamaker's new owners, Hecht's Department Stores, which bought the 14-store chain in August, the bird will serve as a mascot for the high school football team, the Eagles, and the Marching Eagles school band.
February 2, 1998 |
When it comes to bird talk, children can only be fed a spoonful. That was evident at a "Kids Clinic" over the weekend. More than 30 children, anxious to build their own bird feeders, became restless when a lecture about birds stretched on for 30 minutes. Some sank into their chairs. Others looked around or stared at shoppers in the Estate of Geo. S. Snyder Inc., a home-improvement store where the clinic was held Saturday. One boy, whose hair was sticking out like he had just gotten out of bed, yawned repeatedly.
October 6, 1991 |
The competition in the Talking Bird division promised to be fierce: Zippee vs. Kiwi vs. San Diego, three of the best around. It had all the makings of a gabfest. Accordingly, a standing-room only crowd of about 250 enthusiasts packed a second-floor section of Garden State Park yesterday to hear the trio square off at the South Jersey Bird Club's 10th annual bird show. Judging was to be based on variety, clarity and number of words and phrases. First in the pecking order was Zippee, an 18-month-old maximillion pionus owned by 'Tricia M. Tedrick of Cinnaminson, an active member of the bird club.
July 22, 2003 |
It turns out Gloria - the person a lost African grey parrot was trying to tell handlers about at an Abington animal shelter - isn't Gloria after all. She is Laurie, the daughter of the parrot's owners, John and Larrice Campbell of Cheltenham. And the bird, a 6-year-old male named Fire, is back home on Waltham Road. The Campbells picked him up yesterday after submitting photos and medical records that proved they are the owners. "We're very happy," said Kim Bonanni, humane educator for the Montgomery County SPCA.
November 21, 2000 |
"Tales From the County" is a weekly feature highlighting the hidden treasures, odd occurrences, unsung heroes, and everyday interesting people of Chester County. There are two unassailable laws of Thanksgiving: Everyone buys a bigger turkey than needed. And everyone still worries about having enough. Even Ron and Mary Jason, whose turkey last year was the Moby Dick of poultry, tipping - nay, toppling! - the scales at 48 pounds. Still, they wanted this year's to be bigger.
August 27, 1992 |
In the end, conscience solved the mystery, but conscience came too late. The month-long search for Kansas the golden eagle ended in Norristown late Tuesday afternoon when a tipster with a guilty conscience led police to a wooded spot where the bird had finally come to rest. Kansas, an attraction at Elmwood Park Zoo since she was shot by a poacher in 1976, was decomposing in a shallow grave, abandoned to foxes and raccoons that gnawed her bones. The bird was stolen the night of July 27, when thieves climbed a roof and slit the mesh that formed the ceiling of her cage.
December 11, 2000 |
He is angry and sneaky. He throws tantrums in parking lots. He is wanted by officials around the city - and he's managed to elude all of them. Since June, a full-feathered peacock has been charging around the parking lots of the Presidential City Apartments on City Line Avenue, flaring its feathers and kicking the tires of cars, apartment officials say. "He is not friendly, and he is not happy about the cars," said Robert Houx, the apartment...